best original screenplay

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

Strange, clever, unique. This movie perfectly combines strong storytelling with virtuosic filmmaking to bring the strong and colourful characters to life in a vibrant, but elegant fashion. Recommended? Birdman sports both traditional and eccentric elements which could make it enjoyable for a wide variety of audiences.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s directing brings the edge that makes this otherwise overwrought and predictable story come to life in a brilliant way. (more…)

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Visual, funny, shallow. The production effort behind this film is magnificent, but the story lacks the big finish that it seems to build up to throughout the movie. Recommended? A fun casual comedy, but not to be taken too seriously.

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There were a few elements to the story that did not seem to fit as well as they should have. (more…)

Her (2013)

Quirky, funny, emotional. The acting is on point and the story is unpredictable, but the most moving part of this film is its level of realism and its social commentary, set in a beautifully created not-so-distant future. Recommended? As far as romantic movies go, Her is set apart in its originality and technological themes.

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Spike Jonze’s Oscar-winning screenplay is truly an experience in itself. (more…)

Nebraska (2013)

Light, slow, humorous. The artistic appeal of this movie is fascinating and the acting is well above par, but with the exception of a select few funny moments and character nuances, this movie received its classification as a comedy for its drawn out and nonsensical conversations as opposed to its actual comedic value. Recommended? With the exception of its heartfelt base and meaning, this feel-good family comedy is not for everyone.

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The storyline seems a little like Rain Man at times; a man takes an estranged family member on a cross-country journey in search of a large sum of money. The difference here: replace an autistic brother with an alcoholic father; a fortuitous inheritance with a million dollar marketing sweepstakes; and a journey of two men repairing their estranged relationship with each other with one man enabled by his son and his wife to face his life’s former demons. The dialogue comes off dry at times, but story is very touching and relatable. (more…)

The Usual Suspects (1995)

Intriguing, unpredictable, intense. The dialogue and story take some time to become engaging, but once the ball starts rolling, the fascinating and well casted characters take on a life of their own as the film approaches its exciting conclusion. Recommended? This is a movie worth watching twice. (more…)

Blue Jasmine (2013)

Tense, dramatic, emotional. Some of the characters come off annoying at first, but they develop and move well throughout the movie, backed with poignant dialogue and beautifully crafted imagery. Recommended? An ideal movie for showcasing the strength and layers that exist beneath every human being.  (more…)

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002): Epic, beautiful, adventurous. While difficult to understand for those with no prior knowledge of the story, the visual effects and artistic work are magnificent. Recommended? The Lord of the Rings trilogy is not just a series of films, but an experience worth taking.

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Frankenweenie (2012): Dark, emotional, quirky. Two classic stories are expertly moulded into one film with interesting characters and a truly heartwarming story. Recommended? The darker overtones may not appeal to children, but the film is still quite entertaining overall.

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Django Unchained (2012): Graphic, intense, entertaining. There is a lot of depth behind this intricate storyline, and the exceptional actors bring colourful characters to life above vivid visuals and a fitting soundtrack. Recommended? Not suitable for anyone under 16, but truly worth watching.

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Back to the Future Part II (1989): Engaging, confusing, disappointing. While the first movie sets up the sequel well, the result is a complicated hodgepodge where the loveable characters from the first movie make stubborn and irrational decisions, leading up to an unsatisfying ending. Recommended? For those seduced by first one who are hungry to see what comes next.

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Monsters University (2013): Cute, funny, entertaining. This prequel to the Pixar classic gives audiences a look at how the dynamic duo came to be, and while it isn’t one of Pixar’s best stories to date, it is still a fun film with loveable and funny characters. Recommended? Mostly for children and children at heart.

 

 

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The Aviator (2004): Biographical, visual, slow. The acting in this film is stellar, specifically the performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett, but the plot moves far too slowly and a bit unclear, since it focuses on a great many aspects of the life of Howard Hughes. Recommended? Anyone who knows about the life of Howard Hughes or is interested in it would enjoy this.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003): Emotional, slow, beautiful. The grand conclusion to this adventurous trilogy is a little trying and confusing at points, but the overall visual masterpiece and ultimate closing is as timeless as it gets. Recommended? Since all 3 movies tie into each other, it is probably best to watch them all as close together as possible, so that the storyline is clearer.

 

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Back to the Future Part III (1990): Engaging, satisfying, entertaining. The Western theme behind Marty’s final time-travelling adventure comes across as more of a parody at times and strays away from the more serious undertones of the previous films, but the sense of adventure makes this movie fun. Recommended? A decent conclusion for those who enjoyed the first two.

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The Brothers Grimm (2005): Dark, conflicting, sparse. Matt Damon and Heath Ledger try to bring the most out of their characters in this poorly constructed screenplay combining unnecessary themes and bland supporting characters. Recommended? Not worth it.

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The Mummy (1999): Exciting, adventurous, cliché. A typical American archaeological classic in the shadow of Indiana Jones proves to be very entertaining with impressive visual effects. Recommended? This movie is a lot of fun.

 

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Side Effects (2013): Dramatic, mysterious, slow. This movie takes a while to pick up, but once it does, it makes its audience think and has some pretty intense moments, courtesy of standout performances from Rooney Mara and Jude Law. Recommended? This mystery film is interesting, but not very exciting.

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Scarface (1983): Slow, violent, overhyped. The final action scene is very exciting, but the rest of the almost 3 hour film is dry and a lot of the plot is unclear. Recommended? Not as good as it’s hyped up to be.

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Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (A Separation) (2011): Dramatic, emotional, engaging. The movie is entertaining from start to end, filled with many pressing themes and an underlying mystery that brings out everyone’s secrets by the end. Recommended? An interesting story worth seeing.

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Planes (2013): Predictable, light, lacklustre. This movie boasts some nice scenery and a few laughs, but Disney’s latest attempt at a merchandising cash-grabber shows no originality in its story, characters or humour. Recommended? Amusing and fun for kids, but ultimately not very memorable.

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The Truman Show (1998): Funny, clever, interesting. This philosophical plot is set apart by the humour and personal connection made to the protagonist. Recommended? A fascinating eye-opener for television lovers.

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Pretty in Pink (1986): Humorous, feminine, fun. The quirky characters are entertaining in an otherwise typical high school movie, complete with a booming 80’s vibe. Recommended? This light-hearted comedy is not fantastic, but enjoyable nonetheless.

 

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012): Dramatic, emotional, dark. The themes and symbolism underlying this movie add a sense of depth beyond the average high school film, sparing no breathtaking moments, coupled with amusing characters and a well-assembled soundtrack. Recommended? The plot is very heavy and can be overwhelming at times, so it is best to not watch this alone.

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The Butler (2013): Informative, slow, engaging. The acting and make-up work salvage an otherwise dry storyline and poorly executed production effort. Recommended? Not regrettable, but not a spectacular biopic.

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Goodfellas (1990): Exciting, intriguing, entertaining. The colourful characters and dangerous lifestyles that they lead manage to stay amusing without being too much, and even though the story is a bit confusing at times, it is coherent and all ties together. Recommended? Thoroughly engaging from start to finish.

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The Omen (1976): Unsettling, intriguing, engaging. The effects and action are a bit outdated, but despite some plot holes, the mysterious storyline and eerie score help to build suspense and maintain a constant level of tension throughout the film. Recommended? A decent thriller, great for a movie night with friends.